Icicle Memories

Dianthus in Hail

Dianthus in Hail

When I was a kid of eleven, I took the bus to town in the morning, got off before the bus station and walked for fifteen minutes up hill through the streets to school. I did this every school day for seven years.

There was a small cut through alleyway paved with cobblestones that made the journey a little shorter. On the right hand side of this tiny ancient road were old buildings with bay fronted windows, now housing various solicitors.

I memorised the names written in fancy gold letters on the windows and chanted them to myself over and over as a sort of march to help me up the hill, in the cold, to school.

Caterapell and Moxon

Fowlie and Opie

Green, Williamson and Way

In winter long icicles hung from each window ledge, begging to be snapped off, if you could. Some were very thick and more than my cold little hands could manage, but most broke off with a satisfying crack. Then I’d carry on my walk, twisting the melting icicle round in my hands, chanting my mantra.

I wonder if they still stand today: these buildings from a by-gone era?

 

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31 thoughts on “Icicle Memories

  1. Garfield Hug

    You described it so well that I could visualize you doing it. It gave me a feel good moment seeing you at 11 years chantinhg the names and twirling the icicle. Trust me, you looked so adorablly cute doing all that πŸ˜‰!! Ha ha

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  2. ladysighs

    It’s amazing what we remember as kids. I can still remember every street name and in order for blocks of the little town I lived in over 50 years ago. Where I am living now…….for 20 years…… I can’t remember street names or even what stores are next to one another. 😦
    I broke off icicles from eaves or other places and sucked on them. YUK!

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Yes it’s true, we do seem to remember a lot from childhood.
      And I’m sure it was OK to eat icicles when you were a kid – tho I’m not so sure nowadays, with acid rain etc! πŸ™‚

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      haha Thank you πŸ™‚
      I could take a virtual tour of the “old neighbourhood”, but I never revisit old haunts, preferring to keep my memory of them intact. Even if that memory may be a wee bit distorted down the years! πŸ™‚

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